Tag Archive: Italia

Giardino Giusti

  Cross a bridge over the Adige to a sparsely trafficked corner of Verona, and you’re rewarded with a patch of green that evokes glamour, mystique, and corteggiamento – courtship. This living artscape, the Giardino Giusti,… Continue reading

Bellagio, Italy

  Under the northern Italian sun, sapphire water meets lush mountainside to cradle cobblestone stairways that wind between pastel-colored villas and flower-adorned windowsills. The cobbled steps climb toward cafés and gelaterie, and descend… Continue reading

Museo Alfa Romeo

  Ferrari. Lamborghini. Pagani. Maserati. Fashionable Italy is, unsurprisingly, home to many a fashionable luxury car manufacturer. But luxury isn’t the only automobile option in il bel paese, “the beautiful country.” Somewhere between a sleek… Continue reading

Milan, Italy

  For as many times as I’ve been in Italy, I’ve somehow never made it to Milan. And when I finally decide to go, I’m told there isn’t much to see, that I… Continue reading

Look up! Milan

Look! Up there! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman…stunning architecture in Milan? Is it just me, or does it feel like you’re constantly looking up in this city? One of my… Continue reading

Duomo di Milano

  Sì, it’s Instagramable in the twilight hours when the square is empty, when water puddles linger here and there, when the pigeons are your only company. But there is more to the Duomo… Continue reading

Aventine Hill, Rome

Rome is a city of hills. One hill affords you sweeping views of the The Eternal City, while another provides archeological insights from the excavations of lavish bath houses. Yet another hill holds… Continue reading

Hope lives in Pompeii, Italy

In the southern Italian region of Campania, the remnants of an ancient city yet stand. Withstanding the direct path of destruction during the tragic Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79AD, its ruins continue to provide… Continue reading

Whiteboarding Italy

Typically, an office whiteboard serves a functional purpose. Perhaps it’s a to-do list, a message board, a space to map out a flowchart or ideas from a brainstorm session. The whiteboard hanging on… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part III: Rome at Night

At night, Rome sizzles with a subtly sensuous sheen. As tourists retire to their luxury suites and their budget hostels, as shops lock their doors and street vendors return home, the city’s historic center –its Centro Storico– eases away… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part II: Dinner Date?

I guess you could say it started with a kiss – a Perugina Bacio, that is. Shortly after introducing me to delectable hazelnut chocolates with love notes, Nicolò goes off to work, and I proceed… Continue reading

The Incidental Roman Affair, Part I: Gelato e Baci

It’s a pleasantly crisp February morning as the sun shines brightly over Piazza del Risorgimento. Mischievous gusts of wind whip through narrow, cobbled streets as The Eternal City relishes a leisurely start to another wonderfully… Continue reading

Benvenuta in Italia, A Short Story

Jolting awake with the thunderous sound of a loaded 747 kissing the runway, Caroline begrudgingly opened her eyes and silently cursed airplanes for inhibiting sleep. As she slowly collected her thoughts, the captain’s… Continue reading

Write to Me from Naples

“As they say here, ‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori! – See Naples and die!’” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Napoli is probably best known for being the birthplace of pizza (or at least… Continue reading

Digging Into the Italian Coast

I’m absentmindedly shoveling away another bucket of dirt, and another, until I hear a familiar “Basta.” Enough. I stand upright and use my shovel for support as I catch my breath. When I… Continue reading

A View From the Top: Vatican City

The view from atop St. Peter’s Basilica isn’t an everyday sight. More precisely, it’s not every day you climb up 550 steps to reach the cupola of Basilica di San Pietro. You can… Continue reading

The Return, Part III: The (Italian) Hangover

I like California, I do. But over a month after coming back to the Bay Area, I’m still on an Italian hangover. I miss it all – the vibrant greens of the rolling countryside,… Continue reading

The Return, Part II: Living

No, I haven’t eloped with a tall, dark, and handsome man in some exotic country. (I did receive a few casual marriage proposals though…does that count?) As spontaneous as I am, and as… Continue reading

Meet an Italian, Make a Friend

As a sequel to my post on Italian Warmth, here are a few more examples of why the culture is so appealing. These experiences are much less personal than the anecdotes I shared… Continue reading

Italian Warmth

I’ve long said that Italians are some of the warmest people. They’re welcoming and inclusive, and they’re generous regardless of economic status. They are quick to befriend, quick to love. Quick to temper,… Continue reading

My Favorite (Italian) Things

When Maria sings about her favorite things in The Sound of Music, it’s a marvel nothing on her list is Italian…especially considering how close Austria is to Italy. So, I’ve made up my… Continue reading

Gusto, Gusti, Gelato!

I’m allergic to the cold. Except when it comes to gelato. I wouldn’t want to live in a city where it snows, and I sometimes struggle with California winters despite the mild chill.… Continue reading

Parting is Not Such Sweet Sorrow

Whoever said that parting is such sweet sorrow was a liar. Sorry, Shakespeare, I don’t mean to blaspheme, but…. Saying goodbye can be done sweetly, and parting is often sorrowful, but sorrow is… Continue reading

The Art of Faith

It’s almost impossible to avoid churches in Italy. They’re everywhere. They’re art; they’re landmarks; they’re history. They’re an intrinsic part of the culture. It’s no secret that Italy has countless beautiful churches. Sweeping… Continue reading

Dude, Where’s My Train?

It’s not uncommon to grumble about the Italian train system because it’s not uncommon for trains to be late. It’s not uncommon to be on a train, mid-commute, and experience delays. It’s not… Continue reading

Carnevale di Viareggio

I’ve recently been in Venice when people were dressed for a 15th century masquerade ball. I’ve recently been in Bassano del Grappa to witness a group of walking Lego blocks and a group… Continue reading

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie

When the moon hits your eye Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. When the world seems to shine Like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.” – Dean Martin, That’s Amore  … Continue reading

La Fontana di Trevi at Midnight

  My very first wish at the Trevi Fountain was to be back as soon as possible. I was back less that 24 hours later…and promptly made another wish to return within the… Continue reading

Becoming Italian

Everything reminded me of Italy. Prior to this trip, I somehow managed to frequently find an Italian connection in names, words, places, people, and restaurants. In California, I got excited over a “Tuscany… Continue reading